Brigham Young University
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Brigham Young University

Private research university in Provo, Utah, United States

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By James Barham, PhD

Brigham Young University (BYU) was founded in 1875 as the Brigham Young Academy. It is a private, research university owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

In 1903, the academy was divided into two parts, Brigham Young High School and Brigham Young University. Over the course of the twentieth century, BYU gradually acquired the resources and curriculum of a modern research university. By the 1970s, the school had acquired a greatly expanded library, as well as several respected professional schools, including the J. Reuben Clark Law School and the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.

In 1989, a satellite campus opened in Jerusalem, in Israel.

The student body numbers more than 33,600 individuals. All BYU students must take an oath to live by a strict honor code pertaining both to academics and personal conduct. Although the school is open to persons of all faiths, around 99 percent of students belong to the LDS Church.

Prominent BYU-associated individuals include the following:

  • Mathematician, David Bailey
  • Computer scientists, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw & Bruce Bastian
  • Romance novelist, Stephenie Meyer
  • Science fiction novelists, Orson Scott Car & Brandon Sanderson
  • Memoirist and essayist, Tara Westover
  • Inspirational author and speaker, Stephen Covey
  • Actors Jon Heder & Aaron Eckhart
  • Comedian, Matthew Meese
  • Artist, James C. Christensen
  • Violinist, singer, songwriter, and dancer, Lindsey Stirling
  • Choral composer, arranger, and director, Mack Wilberg
  • Physicist and hearing-aid inventor, Harvey Fletcher
  • Inventor and television pioneer, Philo Farnsworth
  • Biochemists, Paul D. Boyer (Nobel laureate) & Scott Strobel
  • Entomologists, Ralph Chamberlin & Vasco Tanner
  • Historians, Mark Choate & Claudia Lauper Bushman
  • Biblical scholar, Bradley Ray Wilcox
  • Economist, Stephen Cameron
  • Economist and business management scholar, Teppo Felin
  • Business consultant and author, Clayton M. Christensen
  • Former Dell Computers President and CEO, Kevin Rollins
  • Former LDS Church President, Thomas Spencer Monson
  • Former US Supreme Court Justice, George Sutherland
  • Former US Senators, Reed Smoot & Orrin Hatch
  • Current US Senators, Mike Crapo & Mike Lee
  • 2012 Republican presidential nominee and current US Senator, Mitt Romney

From Wikipedia

Brigham Young University is a private research university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . Located in Provo, Utah, the university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Run under the auspices of the church's parent organization, the Church Educational System , BYU is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity" with "more selective, lower transfer-in" admissions. The university's primary emphasis is on undergraduate education in 179 majors, but it also has 62 master's and 26 doctoral degree programs. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City.

Source: Wikipedia


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Main Campus, Provo UT 84602

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Influential People

Who are Brigham Young University's Most influential alumni?

Brigham Young University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . Brigham Young University’s most academically influential people include W. Steve Albrecht, John Gee, and Ralph Vary Chamberlin.

W. Steve Albrecht

Accountancy professor

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John Gee
John Gee

Mormon apologist and academic

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Ralph Vary Chamberlin
Ralph Vary Chamberlin

American biologist

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Ben Swann
Ben Swann

American journalist

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Jonathan C. Coon

American businessman

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David R. Huber

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David A. Whetten

American organizational theorist

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Valerie M. Hudson

American political scientist

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James Smoot Coleman

American africanist and political scientist

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Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull

American fiction writer

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Jim McMahon

All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback

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Joe Navarro
Joe Navarro

American writer, professional speaker, and former FBI agent

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